Bay of Islands | New Zealand
Usually, Auckland is the first port of call for first-time visitors to New Zealand. Many times, these visitors don't make it to the northeast coast of the North Island – a mere 3 hour drive or short flight away.
If you have the time and a spirit of adventure, you should plan a getaway to the Bay of Islands. Take a Gay in the Bay holiday.
Don't be surprised if this tryst turns out to be more stunning than imagined, more a gourmet getaway than expected, and one very relaxing introduction to “the good life.”
This world-famous cluster of 144 islands was counted, named and claimed for England by Capt. James Cook in the 18th Century. The Maori of course have existed in the region for hundred of years before Cook and it was in the 19th Century that the first steps towards partnership occurred with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
The Bay is dotted with tiny places named Opua, Pahia, Russell and Kerikeri – all with gay places to stay and gay welcoming tours like eco cruises, sport fishing, and luxury sailing and kayaking, even coach tours to historic landmarks and fast ferry scenic tours.
After days of kayaking, snorkelling, arts & crafts shopping and sampling the seafood and local drops, it's hard to depart.
The locals suggest you dedicate time to play a round of golf (with ocean views), paddle to the Haruru Waterfall, soak in a hot tub overlooking the Waitangi River, or just plain relax at your accommodation.
For more information, see the Gay in the Bay site. The LGBT social group welcomes visitors on their outings and events.